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Notes for Adam ZUMWALT

Adam was a merchant and also ran a hotel.

Residences & events:

1888 Licking Creek, Bourbon Co, KY

From A History of Pioneer Families of Missouri:

"Adam Zumwalt came to MO. in 1797. He placed his family and $800 worth of goods, with his stock, consisting of 30 head of cattle, 11 sheep and 12 horses, on board a flat-boat, and came down the Ohio and up the Mississippi rivers to St. Charles co. with his clumsy craft. He settled near the present town of Flint Hill, where he erected two still houses and made whisky to sell to the Indians, who were camped near his place. The great chief, Black Hawk, made his home at Mr. zumwalt's for sometime, and was a regular and frequent visitor until after the commencement of hostilities between the whites and the Indians. He often danced with Mr. zumwalt's daughters, and was so fond of his whisky that he frequently became very drunk; but he never caused any disturbance or acted in an ungentlemanly manner. In very cold weather, the whisky would freeze and become solid ice, in which state it was sold to the Indians by the cake, and they often bought as much as $100 worth in a single day. Mr. Zumwalt was a friend of the preachers, and whenever they came into the neighborhood they held service in his house. REV. JESSE WALKER and a German minister named HOSTETTER, preached there as early as 1800. During the Indian war, Mr. Zumwalt's family took shelter in Pond Fort, while he and his son, Jonathan, remained at home to protect the property and prevent the Indians from destroying it. Jonathan had learned to use his gun when only 5 years of age, and was as quick and accurate a marksman as could be found in the country. when he wad 6 years old, he killed a large buck, which plunged about so in its death agonies that he became frightened and ran home, and lost his gun in the woods. On one occasion, the Indians crossed the Mississippi river on the ice, and murdered an entire family of twelve persons, who lived near Mr. Zumwalt's place. He assisted in burying them. The bodies were wrapped in quilts and buried under the house, in a place that had been used as a cellar. The Indians burned the house soon after, and the bodies were devoured by the flames. On another occasion an Indian chief died at Mr. Zumwalt's house, and was buried with a loaf of bread, in one hand and a butcher-knife in the other, and his dog was killed and buried at his feet. These preparations were made in order that when he reached the happy hunting grounds, he would have something to eat, and a dog to find game for him. The names of Mr. Zumwalt's children were John, Elizabeth, Andrew, Rachel, Mary, Catharine, Jonathan and Solomon."

A similar story is in the History of Lincoln County:

"Governor (William Henry) Harrison, on the 21st of Dec., 1804, commissioned Christopher Clark a Captain of Volunteers, and he was sworn into service February 9,1805. Clark’s Company used to muster at Zumwalt’s Spring, now known as Big Spring Mills, near Flint Hill. This was perhaps a central point, but the chief attraction was the whisky that was made from Adam Zumwalt’s two distilleries. At one of these musters the Captain treated his men to a wash-tub of whisky, which so elated them that they resolved to receive it with all the honors of war and military display which their proficiency in the drill permitted. They marched around it several times, and then fired a salute over it with blank cartridge. One of the men had already partaken too freely to be able to hold his gun in a proper position, and the wad from the charge cut off one of Daniel McCoy’s toes. There were many settlements of the Sac and Fox Indians within the limits of the county at that time, and the district watered by the two Cuivres and Big and Peruque Creeks was one of the favorite hunting grounds of the two tribes, whose head quarters were in the Rock River Country, Illinois. Black Hawk, or Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, the name by which he was known among his own people, one of the most celebrated Indian braves that ever lived, frequented this county, first on the hunt, and afterwards on the bloody trail of war. He was popular with the whites, and liked their company; he was particularly fond of attending the dancing parties of that day, and took his place in the quadrille with infinite zest. He had a partiality for strong drink, and much of his leisure time was spent at the still-houses, which were then considered the vanguard of civilization. He lived for some time with Adam Zumwalt, whose capacious larder, the generous and free hospitality of himself and wife, his four daughters, Elizabeth, Rachel, Mary, and Catherine, pretty, lively, and ever ready for the dance; his four sons, John, Andrew, Jonathan, and Solomon, vigorous, full of life and spirit, and excelling as hunters, and last, but not least, the two still-houses near by, all combined to render this a most agreeable home for Black Hawk, when resting from the excitement and fatigue of the chase. He was often very drunk; but in all his intercourse with the whites, drunk or sober, his bearing was gentle and dignified, characteristic of his kindness of disposition and greatness of intellect."

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